There is an area on Lido Key Beach where Black Skimmers have nested for breeding. I’m guessing there is about 60-80 but it is difficult to estimate. Every day at sunrise they come over to the beach, splash around in the water for a few minutes, and then start feeding. They catch small fish by dragging the lower part of their beak through the water:
They have an odd call – almost like a small barking dog. They will also get pretty aggressive in attacking what they see as a potential threat to their nests. I watched a group of them “dive-bombing” a small Egret that had strayed too close to the nests.
I’ve enjoyed going out to Lido Key to watch them and hope they are in that same spot next year.